Hugh Laurie was Dr. Gregory House, Ellen Pompeo still is Dr. Meredith Grey, and now too will Tom Ellis play a titular medic on an hour-long drama. So, perhaps he has a couple hundred episodes to catch up to those two famous and recent television life-savers, but Ellis is now locked in for the pilot of ‘Rush,’ so it’s a good start.
Ellis has been tapped to headline the USA medical drama, cast as the wealthy and mysterious Dr. William Rush. Ellis, who like Laurie is British and will likely don an American accent much to the surprise of the audience, has starred in a bevy of BBC series, including ‘The Fades,’ ‘Miranda,’ and ‘Merlin,’ but was most recently introduced properly to North American audiences in ‘Once Upon a Time,’ where he portrayed Robin Hood.
Dr. Rush, who already sounds esoteric and suave, is described as a man who, while not only talented (and good-looking), carries with him the utmost discretion. He is an on-call doctor, unaffiliated with a hospital or company, making him a character with endless possibilities: he can go anywhere and work on pretty much anything.
It doesn’t seem all dire though, as Rush only accepts cash as payment, and apparently likes to party hard. Rick Gonzalez has also been cast in the project, playing Manny Maquis, who seems like a fun and shady associate of the high-flying doctor.
Jonathan Levine, who wrote and directed the feature ‘Warm Bodies,’ will pen the script and helm the pilot episode.